Brett Favre coming out of retirement, Kim Kardashian’s fame, and the half season wait for Breaking Bad to return, sometimes enough is enough. And there is no exception for the money making juggernaut that is the NFL. We won’t even bother diving into the numbers why no deal has been reached with the regular refs because we all know it’s a bigger joke than Drake producing an Aaliyah album. Last night capped off a three week stretch of football that can be marked with an asteriks the same way baseball has to with the use of PED’s. Players are risking their health, and in a 16-game season where every game counts, coaches are playing for the lives of their families. As opposed to the 80+ games in the NHL/NBA, one loss could mean the difference of a wildcard spot or not. Or in the case of the Packers, maybe playing an NFC championship game in San Fran instead of Green Bay. But like their major sport counterparts, this is all about greed and Roger Goodell showing off his power. Here’s to hoping that last night gave the regular refs all the leverage they need and get what they deserve.
Summer called us for one last week, so we kick off this year’s NFL coverage in week two. This year I am excited to have my boys, Joe, Erwin, and Mark join me on a weekly basis (#YYC, stand-up!), for as long as I’ve known them, they eat/breathe/sleep football. All year long we will be going head-to-head with our picks against the spread and breaking down the hot topics of the week. We missed the cut last week, but did jot down our season predictions and week one picks. As you’ll see, our records are an indication of how the parity of the NFL is what makes it special. Will the pre-season contenders look like pretenders by the end of week two?
Let’s kick it off after the jump!
August 12, 2012. On the day deemed the most active day in Nike+ history, we stepped up to the challenge and tried to make it one for our team. Whether you are a gym junkie, a marathon running super athlete, weekend warrior or none of the above, as long you threw on your Nike+ gear and took on the world that day, you were upholding the values of the personal and all-encompassing mission. Nike’s “Find Your Greatness” campaign began this summer and with the loads of interactive product that they have been dishing out this year it was time to put them to good use.
Similar to the unsurprising domination by Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt in these London Olympic Games, the 2012 USA Basketball Team won gold and did what was expected of them – beat the world. The real question was not IF they won but HOW they did it, and ultimately whether or not they could ever challenge the supremacy of their 1992 counterparts, the Dream Team. So obviously there is only one way to settle the score once and for all: create in our minds a pseudo timeline of how the dream game would go down if played in present time. We will keep all litigating factors in check – basing this on Kobe, Magic and Bird’s age while on the team, the reality that the 2012 team is missing guys like Dwight, Blake, and Wade and making it very clear, by only referring to one of them as the “Dream Team”. Let’s delve in, shall we?
As the first week of the Summer Olympics finish up, the long awaited Track and Field events begin tomorrow. NIKE unveils their track and field volt collection including the Nike Zoom Superfly R4, Nike Zoom Victory Elite and Nike Flyknit Racer.
Days before the 2012 Summer Olympics officially get underway, Design Boom unleashes a massive set of images compiled from various sources that reveal the branding, architecture and overall look of the arenas, signs and fixtures for these London games. McCann Worldgroup and their long list of designer/architect collaborators took responsibility over this year’s Olympic visual identity and judging from the following photos, it looks nothing short of amazing. What a typeface choice!
As the #RiseAbove campaign continues on, Jordan Brand brings us to a remote village in China, a place with barely any connection to civilization nor any modern technology. The villagers do, however, possess a strong passion for the game of basketball. This is the story of how one man helped that small village rebuild it’s broken down court.
Stro is finally back with another one of his signature special edition Maestro Knows episodes. Always shot well, always awesome one-on-one time with a friend of the filmmaker. The latest installment features NBA champion, Chris Bosh, in late 2011 BEFORE he won the Larry O’Brien trophy with the HEAT this year. A strategic release by Maestro.